Q: Who should take these courses?
A: I will divide this question to reflect the two main programs of training for commercial divers.
- Commercial / Occupational SCUBA Diver program: is for divers who want to work in industries such as aquaculture diver, seafood harvester, scientific diver, light construction diver. Lots of work and employers are calling us and knocking on our door on a regular basis looking to hire our grads. This course will get you out working in the commercial dive industry in 5 short weeks.
- Surface Supply Diver program: The "Full Montey!!" that's what we call this program. 21 weeks will get you your Unrestricted Surface Supply Diver certification(50m) with Commercial SCUBA & NITROX endorsements. ( Also know as offshore ticket). SO NOW, you can work in the industries above but also have the certification to work in construction diving (DAMS, hydro projects, engineering inspections, infrastructure, etc), confined area diving, offshore industry, the lucrative geoduck industry, offshore, underwater welding! The doors are wide open for graduates of this program!
Q. I want to get into offshore oilfield diving?
Thats great!, it is an incredible area of diving! and there is potential to make alot of money! Offshore Oilfield diving is an exciting path to take. You will need to take the SURFACE SUPPLY Unrestricted (50m) program. We have 2 intakes per year: early January and mid summer.
Call or email and we can get you a seat in the next program.
Lets get you trained and off working!
Q: Why is DIVESAFE the best choice?
There are many reasons for taking your dive training through DiveSafe Intl. . The most obvious is OCEAN OCEAN OCEAN!!, but here are some of the other items that make us stand out and be proud of our training at DIVESAFE.
- Employment: Employers recognize graduates of DiveSafe Intl. as having met the highest standards. DiveSafe Intl. graduates are in great demand and have a reputation as excellent divers and hard workers. We have employers calling us and meeting our grads on a regular basis.
- Equipment: Our students receive training on the latest in diving technology and equipment including full face masks, diving helmets, hardwire and wireless communications and air delivery systems.
- DIVE VESSELS: At DiveSafe we have three dive platforms. As students your will be diving off all of them on different training days.
- The KRAKEN - our 90ft specially modified dive barge. with chamber, stage, sea cans.... all planned to give you the best training.
- MV REEF SEEKER - our 42ft aluminum work horse....
- MV Samarinda II - our 32 ft aluminum dive platform....
- Instructors: DiveSafe Intl. instructors are fully certified commercial divers with years of experience and recognized teaching certificates. Our instructors still work in the commercial diving industry to remain current in diving skills and knowledge.
- Training and Environment: OCEAN DIVING! OCEAN DIVING! OCEAN DIVING! All training dives are conducted from one of our three dive boats in local waters (in the ocean!!). As well, we have a 90 foot dive barge that is currently getting retrofitted. Dives are conducted in a wide range of current, visibility, and environmental conditions found in the real world. Also, DiveSafe Intl. students work on a vast array of diving projects and exercises, which relate to real job skills.
Q: Where can I stay while I am a student?
We have a Divers Guesthouse which can accommodate up to 12 students or groups. contact the office for an application. We supply everything except you need to get your own food and bring your own toiletries. All amenities are in the local area. If you are a student attending longer than 15 weeks, make sure you get the guesthouse discount.
Q: What's the difference between an Occupational Diver and a Commercial Diver?
There is no difference. "Occupational" is a more precise and descriptive term for a working diver. Many regulatory bodies around the world are now using the term "Occupational Diver" rather than "Commercial Diver".
Q: When do courses run?
- The Occupational SCUBA Diver program is scheduled to run four times per year. The course runs 8 hours per day, 5 days per week (except holidays).
- The Unrestricted Surface Supply course runs 2 times per year. Courses fill up, so book early. Refer to the schedule for exact course dates and locations or call the diving office at (250) 287-3837.
Q: Can DiveSafe Intl. train private groups?
Yes, we have conducted training courses of all levels for first nations groups, search and rescue groups and private companies, as well as Oceans and Fisheries Canada. If you have a group of 5 or more students contact our office and we can schedule a special course just for your group. Call or email us for more info.
Q: Where are the dive courses held?
DiveSafe International is located in Campbell River BC on Vancouver Island. It is a fantastic location in the centre of the BC's aquaculture and seafood harvesting industries. "The heart of the Island" Which also makes it a hub for scientific/environmental./construction diving projects.
All dive training is done in the ocean where you will get the best real world experience for your training!
Q: How many students are in each class?
6 to 16 students.
Q: When should I register for a course?
The earlier you register, the better your chances of getting a seat but the final deadline is two weeks in advance of the course date. Tuition fees are due 30 days prior to the arrival date.
Q: Is Financial Assistance available?
There is funding for training. Student loans, EI funding, Line of credit. WorkBC now has a program for employers to fund staff for additional training. Contact our office for information and check out your local employment office.
Q: I have been working as a commercial diver, can I get credit for my experience?
Yes, DiveSafe Intl. can offer Prior Leaning Assessment (PLA) and may be able to accelerate you through the course. Call DiveSafe Intl. head office for information on PLA procedures.
Q: What kind of dry suit is best?
Drysuits are made from different types of materials. The drysuit is your most important piece of equipment and most divers eventually purchase two suits...in order to have a backup. Our instructors can give you loads of info on drysuits...here's a summary:
- If you are planning to work in the aquaculture industry, then you will need a vulcanized rubber (Aqualung Hazmat or Viking) or trilaminate style suit. These suits can be disinfected between farm sites.
- Seafood harvesters prefer a neoprene drysuit as neoprene will keep you warm even if water leaks in, but neoprene cannot be disinfected and is not allowed on aquaculture sites.
- For industrial diving, divers prefer the vulcanized rubber suits as they tend to repel chemicals, oil, and contaminated water better than neoprene.
Q: I have a new drysuit but I haven't had time to try it out...
Come to our pre-class dive week "prep week". Prep week runs the week before the commercial scuba diver course starts. It is a good chance to get familiar with your dive equipment and get in some cold water dives.
Q: Do I need to own my own dive equipment or can I rent it?
You can rent your equipment for the duration of the course but it is not recommended. You will need to have your own equipment when you go to work. Having your own equipment for the course allows you to get used to it before getting to the job site. If you are buying equipment for the first time call the DiveSafe Intl. diving office for advice.
Q: What if I don't have my 20 pre-requisite dives.
Don't worry, we have a pre-class dive course "Prep week". Come on out the week before the Commercial SCUBA Diver course starts and get some dive time in as well as work with one of our instructors to get you prepped for the course. 3 -4 dives a day. You will be doing some land based dives, dock dives and boat dives.
Q: I used to dive alot but I haven't been in the water for over a year now...
Prep week is what you need. See above...
Q: Does DiveSafe Intl. have a job placement service?
DiveSafe Intl. instructors work very hard to link our graduates with employers. We work with employers all over BC and Alberta across Canada and international in order to ensure our students are graduating with the best skills for the industry. We have different employers come to our classes to recruit our students. We feel it is important for us to give our students the most up to date and thorough information possible so they can make their own career choice.
As well, DiveSafe Intl. instructors are employed in the industry so they are a great source of information for job placement.
DiveSafe Intl. is focused on Commercial Dive Training and providing the best commercial divers for the industry.
We post job opportunities on a regular basis on our facebook page and on our website. If you are a graduate be sure to join our alumni page.
Q: WHAT is the DIVESAFE International refund policy?
Below are our policies regarding refunds.
1.If the institution receives tuition from the student, or a person on behalf of the student, the institution will refund the student, or the person who paid on behalf of the student, the tuition that was paid in relation to the program in which the student is enrolled if:
(a) the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student no later than seven days after the effective contract date and before the contract start date;
(b) the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signs the student enrolment contract seven days or less before the contract start date and the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student between the date the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signed the student enrolment contract and the contract start date; or
(c) the student does not attend a work experience component and the institution does not provide all of the hours of instruction of the work experience component within 30 days of the contract end date.
2.The institution will refund the tuition for the program and all related fees paid by the student or a person on behalf of the student enrolled in the program if the student is enrolled in the program without having met the admission requirements and did not misrepresent his or her knowledge or skills when applying for admission.
3.If a student does not attend any of the first 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition paid under the student enrolment contract unless the program is provided solely through distance education.
4.Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from a student:
(a) more than seven days after the effective contract date and
i.at least 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 10% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,000.
ii.less than 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 20% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,300.
(b) after the contract start date
i.but before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
ii.and after 11% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
5.Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution provides a notice of dismissal to a student and the date the institution delivers the notice to the student is:
(a) before 10% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
(b) after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
6.If the institution provides the program solely through distance education and the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal or the institution delivers a notice of dismissal to the student and:
(a) the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance up to 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, or
(b) the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for more than 30% but less than 50% of the program, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
7.The institution will refund fees charged for course materials paid for but not received if the student provides a notice of withdrawal to theinstitution or the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student.
8.Refunds required under this policy will be paid to the student, or a person who paid the tuition or fees on behalf of the student, within 30 days:
(a) of the date the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal,
(b) of the date the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student,
(c) of the date that the registrar provides notice to the institution that the institution is not complying with section 1C of this policy, or 2
(d) after the first 30% of the hours of instruction if section 3 of this policy applies.
9.If an international student delivers a copy of a refusal of a study permit to the institution, sections 1a 1b 4 7 & 8 of this policy apply as if the copy of the refusal were a notice of withdrawal, unless:
(a) the international student requests an additional letter of acceptance for the same program that was the subject of the refusal of a study permit, or
(b) the program is provided solely through distance education.